Clan MacTavish Official BadgeThe crest badge Clan MacTavish contains the crest and motto of the clan chief. The crest is blazoned a boar's head erased or langued proper. The motto is NON OBLITUS, which translates from Latin as "not forgetful" of "not forgotten"
Harold C Thompson Sr 1962
Celtic Knot depicting eternal lifeCeltic Knot depicting eternal life

 

HAROLD CALVIN THOMPSON SR.

Born May 20, 1905 Home Ranch, Adams County (then Arapahoe County) Colorado

Parents - Frederick James Thompson and Agnes Templeton Meikle

Died September 23, 1971, Jefferson County, Colorado

Buried in Thompson Family Plot, Crown Hill Cemetery, Jefferson County, Colorado

View photos of Thompson Memorial Tombstones at Crown Hill

Married Doris May (Mae) Wilson September 16, 1926 in Denver, Colorado

Harold's Early Photo Album

Harold and Doris' Thompson Family Photo Album

The picture on top right of this page is a computer enhanced copy* of a photograph taken in 1913 on the Thompson Home Ranch. It depicts in the lower right corner the wheat that the family grew for so many years. Harold Thompson Sr. was born on that ranch; and when he died in 1971 a part of that ranch was still in Thompson family ownership.

Harold was above all a Colorado wheat farmer and proud of it. When the ranch was near disaster during the Great Depression, Harold Sr. and his brother Harvey (Thomas Harvey) worked doubly hard to insure it's continuity. They purchased it from their parents on October 23, 1941, and they worked very hard. They sold straw, as well as their wheat and oats. One year when the pinto bean futures were predicted to be good, Harold plowed up the lawn as well where he and Doris lived and planted it ALL in pinto beans! The price did not go up, but the family ate pinto beans for many years to come!

Harold C. Thompson Sr. was my father, and THE most influential man in my life. I still draw on things he told me as if he was right here. My children were never privileged to know him, but I have tried my best to share with them everything that he taught me. One of the most prominent of life's lessons that I learned from was to take care of your family - all the way from your grandparents, parents, your spouse, your children and your grandchildren. He was a remarkable man who spread his arms out to all family and many friends. I spent a lot of time with him out on the farm. And I can remember Dad also delivering sacks of wheat to various families, milk and egg money, etc., never asking for anything in return. One of the most memorable moments in my life occurred at Dad's funeral. An elderly immigrant couple whom I had known all my life but had not seen for some years were there. They had to be quite old by then, but made it to the services. I also knew that Dad and I had delivered many a sack of wheat and grocery money to them for a lot of years. They came up to me at the cemetery, and she gave me a hug while her husband put his hand on my shoulder. I was seven months pregnant at the time. This lady put her hand on my stomach and announced that even though I was losing my father, I would be gaining a son who not only would look like Dad but be just like him as well. I wish I could tell her that she was right, that baby was a son who looked just like my Dad. And all three of my children have the same fine attributes of caring as their Grandfather.

Harold Sr. attended Columbian Grade School in North Denver, and attended North Denver High School. Here is the entire graduating class at Columbian in 1920 - 1920 graduation class of Columbian Grade School (through grade 8). We do know, however, that at times he attended school in Long Beach, California. We have a Transfer Notice dated December 10, 1919 from American Avenue School in Long Beach, California to San Diego California in Grade 8A. We are fairly sure they came home to Colorado instead pf San Diego as he graduated in June 1920 from the eighth grade at Columbian School.

CENSUS - 1930

1930 US CENSUS
Enum 3 April 1930
Pct 17, Town of Westminster, Adams County, Colorado
Walnut Street
Household 71/Family 73
THOMPSON, Harold C Head / Rents / $40 value / Had radio set / did not live on farm / male / white / 24 /married / 21 when married / not in school / born CO / fa born IA / mo born CO / no data in mother tongue columns / US cit / farmer / works on farm / owns farm / at work yesterday / no veterans info

Doris Wife /female/ white/ 20 /married / 17 when married / not in school / born NE / fa born IA / mo born US / US cit / no occupation

Harold Jr Son / male / white /2 -10/12/unmarried /born CO /fa born NE /mo born CO/US cit /no occupation

Following are various items of interest I do have for Harold and Doris Thompson.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wilson

announce the marriage

of their daughter

Doris Mae

to

Mr. Harold C. Thompson

on Thursday, the sixteenth of September

one thousand nine hundred twenty-six

Denver, Colorado

 

Westminster Grange

Grange Master

Harold Thompson 1938 and 1943

Source: Pg 31, History of Westminster, Colorado

1911-1961 50th Anniversary Edition

 

Harold C. Thompson Sr. was a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee who wrote History of Westminster, Colorado, 1911-1961, 50th Anniversary Edition and was one of the speakers at the June 17, 1961 banquet.

Read the History of Westminster, Colorado

 

ADAMS COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, COLORADO

Harold Thompson Sr. was very active during World War II in promoting the American Red Cross. Wheat was donated to the Armed Forces as well.

He served as President of the Adams County Chapter in 1947, and he received the following award from the American Red Cross:

THE AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS

to

Mr. Harold Thompson

In recognition of meritorious personal service performed in behalf of the nation, her armed forces, and suffering humanity in the Second World War.

Signed by Harry Truman, President

Biriel O'Connor, Chairman of Red Cross

Samuel (?) A. Craig, Chapter Chairman Adams County Chapter

View the 1947 Adams County Red Cross Officers

Photograph of Harold with the Chairman of the Red Cross, Basil O'Connor and two unidentified women

 

MEMBERS OF NORTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Harold Calvin Thompson and Doris Wilson Thompson joined the North Presbyterian Church on the 25th day of March 1951.

Certificates of Church Membership in our files.

Signed by Rev. Merle Edwards, Pastor

Geo C. Camblin, Clerk

 

Obituary (source unknown)
Harold C. Thompson
Services for Harold C. Thompson, 66, of Westland Manor Nursing Home, Lakewood, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Olinger Mortuary, W 29th Ave and Wadsworth Blvd. Burial will be in Crown Hill. Thompson died Thursday in the nursing home.
He was born May 20, 1905 in Adams County, and lived there until 1967, when he retired from farming due to ill health.
He attended North High School in Denver and married Doris Wilson in Denver in 1926; she survives.
In addition to his widow, Thompson is survived by a son, Harold C. Jr., Bennett, Colo., two daughters Mrs. Norma Martin, Lander Wyo., and Mrs. Mary Indgjer, Denver; a brother, Fred M., of Woodland, Wash., seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Friends may contribute to the Colorado Heart Association.

Second obituary (source unknown)
"I will lay me down in peace"
-Psalms IV:8
Harold C. Thompson
Funeral Services for Harold C. Thompson, a native Coloradoan, will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Olinger Mortuary, Wadsworth Boulevard. Burial will be in Crown Hill.
Thompson, who lived at 1150 Oak St., died Thursday at Westland Manor nursing home. He was 66.
He was born May 20, 1905, in Adams County and was reared and educated in that farming community. He later attended North High School. Thompson had farmed in Adams County until ill health forced his retirement in 1967.
He was married to the former Doris Wilson in Denver in 1926.
Surviving, in addition to his widow, are a son, Harold C. Thompson Jr. of Bennett; two daughters, Mrs. Norma Martin of Lander, Wyoming, and Mrs. Mary Indgjer of Denver; a brother, Fred M. Thompson of Woodland, Washington, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Friends may contribute to the Colorado Heart Association.

NOTE: The address of 1150 Oak St., was the Westland Manor Nursing Home. His home address was 5117 Decatur St., Denver, Colorado from 1947.

 

Obituary (source unknown)
Doris Mae Thompson
Former Colo. resident, 79
Doris Mae Thompson, a Riverton, Wyo., homemaker and former Colorado resident, died Feb 2 in Riverton. She was 79.
Services were Feb 7 at Crown Hill Chapel. Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
She was born May 24, 1909 in Arapahoe, Neb. On Sept 16, 1926 she married Harold Calvin Thompson in Denver. He is deceased.
Mrs. Thompson was a member of the North Presbyterian Church in Denver, the Fortnightly Club in Westminster, the Bowling League, and the Holiday Hills Community Club. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
Survivors include her son, Harold Calvin Jr., Bennett; two daughters, Norma Alys Thompson, Casper and and Mary Lee Thompson-Parker, Riverton; her stepmother, Lula Wilson, Denver; one sister, Alys Obluda, Westminster; 10 grandchildren, two stepgrandsons and four great-grandchildren.

Second Obituary (source unknown)
THOMPSON
Doris Thompson, Riverton, WY. Mother of Harold Thompson, Bennett, Norma Thompson, Casper WY and Mary Parker, Riverton WY; sister of Alice Obluda, Westminster, stepdaughter of Lula Wilson, Denver; also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services, Crown Hill Mortuary Chapel, Tuesday 1 p.m. Interment, Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements, Crown Hill Mortuary, 7777 W 29th Ave.

Third Obituary (Riverton Ranger, Riverton, WY):
DORIS MAE THOMPSON
Doris Mae Thompson of Riverton Died 3:38 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 1989 at her home. She was 80.
Born May 24, 1909, in Arapahoe, Neb., she was the daughter of John Henry Wilson and Mabel Ella Thompkins Wilson. She lived in Nebraska until age 9, when her family moved to Arvada, Colo. She was graduated from Arvada High School in 1926. She married Harold Calvin Thompson Sr. on Sept. 16, 1926, and they farmed in the Westminster and Denver areas until his retirement.
Mrs. Thompson moved from Denver to Douglas in 1983, where she lived with her daughter, Norma until 1985. At that time, she moved to the Riverton area and lived with her daughter, Mary. Since 1986, she lived with Norma in Riverton and spent the last six months with Mary.
Mrs. Thompson and her husband were members of the North Presbyterian Church in North Denver for many years. She was a member of the Fortnightly Club in Westminster, Colo., for several years and bowled in a league for years. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and was an avid reader. She was a member of the Holiday Hills Community Club.
Survivors include one son, Harold Calvin Thompson Jr. of Bennett, Colo.; two daughters, Norma Alys Thompson of Casper and Mary Lee Thompson-Parker of Riverton; seven grandsons, 3 granddaughters, two step-grandsons, three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson, plus a step-mother, Lula Wilson of Denver, and sister Alys Obluda of Westminster, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and one sister.
Services will be at Crown Hill Chapel of the Moore-Howard Mortuary in Denver on Tuesday, Feb 7, at 1 p.m.

Children of Harold C. Thompson Sr. and Doris Mae Wilson

Harold C. Thompson (Jr) - born June 18, 1927 - Denver, Colorado

Died October 4, 1995 near Bennett, Adams County, Colorado

Buried in Bennett Cemetery, Bennett, Colorado

Married 1) Susan Marooney on June 8, 1946 in Westminster, Colorado; divorce final in 1965 in Jefferson County, Colorado and 2) Maryetta Pahl Witt on October 12, 1968 in Riverton, Fremont County, Wyoming

Harold had three children with Susan Marooney:

Died 13 March 1998 in Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Colorado

Married 1) Dean Knickerbocker on 12 September 1970 in Nucla, Colorado and 2) Donald Henderson in the 1990s in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Two children:

Memorial Page under construction.

Maryetta had three children from her first husband, last name of Witt. They had three sons - Douglas, Bradley and Steven. Harold adopted Steven in later years.

Norma Alys Thompson - born June 19, 1940 - Denver, Colorado

Died 6 July 2006 in Lander, Fremont, County, Wyoming

Married Clifford A. Martin on 3 July 1958 in Denver, Colorado. Divorced.

Three children:

Mary Lee Thompson - private

* Computer enhanced photograph is under my copyright.

 

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